Rodger Morris (rlm@SUNED1.NSWSES.NAVY.MIL)
Tue, 9 Aug 1994 10:22:24 PDT
>My name is Alex Torres. I am the scoutmaster of Troop 73, Rota, Spain. I
I was stationed at NS Rota between January of 1982 and October of 1985,
assigned as a navigator to squadron VR-24, DET Rota, which later was
commissioned as VR-22. I served in Scouting as liaison between the BSA,
Scouts de Espana (SDE), El Movimiento Scout Catolico de Espana (MSC), and
the Gibraltar Scout Association.
Now, for some programming ideas for you:
1. Are you still holding the October "Christopher Columbus Camporee" in
conjunction with the Spanish? If not, get in touch with them and invite them
to participate. Three Spanish contacts for you are:
a) MSC - Miguel Vasquez, an English translator who works on base.
b) SDE - Lieutenant Dominguez Montero, an English instructor on the
Spanish side of the base.
c) SDE - Francisco J. Armada Munoz (Paco), former Commissioner,
member of the SDE national committee and unit leader.
Offbase telephone number - 89 02 98.
Address: Manuel de Falla 10a, San Fernando (Cadiz)
2. The Kangaroo Patrol. A page out of Spanish Scouting history. The Kangaroo
Patrol was founded in April of 1927. A year or so later, they became a
"Prince Phillips Patrol", authorized to go out in the field alone on
campouts without adult supervision. As you might imagine, there were _very_
few Prince Phillip Patrols. During the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939, the
Kangaroos split up and fought in both armies. In 1939, the dictator
Francisco Franco banned all Scout activities. The Kangaroos re-united, went
underground, and helped keep Scouting alive as a clandestine movement in
Spain until 1976, when it finally ceased to be a felony to do Scouting
activities. There is a small museum in Cadiz with memorabilia. Also, a
member of the Kangaroos will sometimes speak to Scout groups and shake hands
with them. This will put you and your Scouts one link away from Lord
Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, with the Kangaroo as your link. Paco
is your contact for this.
3. The SDE holds two encampments per year with the Gibraltar Scout
Association. Check with Paco to get the details.
4. The SDE holds their "Campamento de San Jorge" (Encampment of Saint
George) in April of even-numbered years. They hold "La Fiesta de Canciones"
(The Festival of Songs)in odd-numbered years. St. George is the patron saint
of Scouting, and this is an enjoyable camporee, albeit somewhat different
than ours because they don't have formal competitions as we do. The Fiesta
is a songfest wherein the Troops and Packs prepare for and sing songs. Both
are alot of fun to participate in. Check with Paco for details.
5. Rabat, Morocco. The Scouts in Rabat will host your Troop if you ask.
Check with the U.S. Embassy Troop. Indeed, we had the 1985 Iberia-Morocco
District Spring Camporee in Rabat, by invitation of His Majesty, King Hassan
IX, with Scouts of 27 nations participating. We had four official languages;
English, French, Arabic and Spanish; and three holy days; Friday, Saturday
and Sunday. It was quite a district Camporee!!!!
6. Your Troop, Troop 73, was a sister Troop with Group 188 (Baden-Powell) of
Cadiz. Are you still in touch with them? If not, renew the relationship.
Arrange a joint weekend campout sometime during the year. The SDE and MSC
start their Scout year on 01 October and shut down after summer camp in July
or August. Check with Paco if you've fallen out of touch with Group 188.
7. Contact the Commissioner of the Gibraltar Scout Association. Back in
1985, it was Joe Ballantine, a hospital administrator. He most probably can
tell you who the current Commissioner is. The Gibraltar Scouts can and will
host you for a weekend, if you arrange it beforehand.
I hope these ideas allow you to enrich your Scouting program.
By the way, do the Scouts still have Camp Columbus on base, next to the
Yours in Scouting,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City